Initiative Integrates Wikipedia and the Classroom

Professors participating in the Wikipedia Public Policy Initiative ask their students to improve the quality of Wikipedia articles as part of their coursework. Last semester, Rochelle Davis (SFS) integrated Wikipedia into two of her classes, one for undergraduates (Theorizing Culture and Politics) and one for graduate students (Introduction to the Study of the Arab World). With the help of campus ambassadors (including CNDLS' Rob Pongsajapan) and online Wikipedia ambassadors, students either created new articles or improved existing articles on topics ranging from Arabic hip-hop to Georgetown's Nomadic Theatre to the Monastery of Saint Anthony. NPR aired a story on the project last fall. Three of the students—Nicole AndersonAbbie Taylor and Adrian Bien—were recently profiled on the Wikimedia Foundation blog. This semester, Rochelle Davis and her students will participate in the project as part of their class on Refugees in the Arab World. She is joined by Adel Iskandar, whose students will work on Wikipedia articles related to Arab media.  A full list of participating faculty, courses, and institutions can be found here. Rochelle Davis spoke about her students’ reaction to the project as part of the Fall Faculty Convocation interviews. You can watch clips from those interviews as well as the full montages on the Georgetown Learning Initiatives site. Stay tuned for further updates on this exciting project!

Professors participating in the Wikimedia Foundation's Public Policy Initiative ask their students to improve Wikipedia articles as part of their coursework. Last semester, Rochelle Davis (SFS) integrated Wikipedia into two of her classes, one for undergraduates and one for graduate students.

Professors participating in the Wikipedia Public Policy Initiative ask their students to improve the quality of Wikipedia articles as part of their coursework. Last semester, Rochelle Davis (SFS) integrated Wikipedia into two of her classes, one for undergraduates (Theorizing Culture and Politics) and one for graduate students (Introduction to the Study of the Arab World). With the help of campus ambassadors (including CNDLS’ Rob Pongsajapan) and online Wikipedia ambassadors, students either created new articles or improved existing articles on topics ranging from Arabic hip-hop to Georgetown’s Nomadic Theatre to the Monastery of Saint Anthony.

NPR aired a story on the project last fall. Three of the students—Nicole AndersonAbbie Taylor and Adrian Bien—were recently profiled on the Wikimedia Foundation blog.

This semester, Rochelle Davis and her students will participate in the project as part of their class on Refugees in the Arab World. She is joined by Adel Iskandar, whose students will work on Wikipedia articles related to Arab media.  A full list of participating faculty, courses, and institutions can be found here.

Rochelle Davis spoke about her students’ reaction to the project as part of the Fall Faculty Convocation interviews. You can watch clips from those interviews as well as the full montages on the Georgetown Learning Initiatives site. Stay tuned for further updates on this exciting project!